Song of the Sea

Film - Animated | June 22 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Irish director behind The Secret of Kells returns with this gorgeous hand-drawn animated feature inspired by Irish legends, Celtic folk art, and modernist painters like Klee and Kandinsky. “One of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made” (Carlos Aguilar, Toronto Review), the film tells of the young children Saoirse and Ben, whose mother disappeared into the sea the night that Saoirse was born; as they journey from their lighthouse home to “the mainland,” their family’s secrets emerge, as do goddesses, fairies, and the selkie, a mystical Irish seal/human hybrid. A beautiful score by Irish band Kila adds further charm to this Miyazaki-like, Oscar-nominated fable.

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